Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Spiritual Bouquet for Our Holy Father

This is a wonderful opportunity to offer prayers and devotions for our Holy Father, who very much needs our prayers.
Visit daily and log your devotions by voting!

Thanks, Fr. Z, for this opportunity.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The First Sunday of Advent--Cycle A

Every year at the beginning of Advent, I experience such a thrill!  It is the beginning of a whole new liturgical year--and the beginning of the greatest rescue adventure ever.  Who ever could have imagined this? 

We are so accustomed to the same old, same old.  Our reality is so flat, we are so blase´.  The more wonders unfold before our eyes, the more we become jaded, consumed by the old ennui. 

This is our chance to see with new eyes; to set aside a season to wait, to look, to listen.  Just when the world is putting on it's flashiest, most materialistic show, we are really being called to stop and to step aside for a bit.  Look up!  Listen up!

Stay awake!

Jesus alerts us to the fact that we are being lulled to sleep by the world.  We will not be ready when the Great King comes.  And then, what a cause for regret!  Imagine, if the innkeeper had only known, if he had been aware of Whom he was turning away!  Imagine, if we only knew, each time we turn Him away, every day.  The Great King is coming, in the most unexpected ways, and at every moment--the most unexpected time.  But we are so drowsy, so ho-hum, that we miss it, we miss Him.  "If they had known".

We know (or we used to know, at any rate) that He came on that long-ago night--but we have managed to turn the awe of that occasion 
into "the first lucky 13 people in the door will get a $95 IPad."  How sad; how boring.

But turn off the TV, the IPod, the Computer, and come away into a quiet place a little while.  Listen.

Stay awake!

He is coming at the moment you least expect.  He is coming right now.

There are so many excellent Advent resources in print and on the web.  I did just find one more that I am enjoying very much.  Fr. Hoisington's lovely blog Reflections On the Sacred Liturgy
has much to recommend it; at present I am especially enjoying his use of the Catena Aurea to illumine the riches of Advent's scriptures.

Friday, October 08, 2010

The Sorrowful Mysteries

As a guide to meditation on the Mysteries of the day, I have a little "prayerbook" on my Rosary website.  Here is a devotional guide to today's Sorrowful Mysteries.

Often I find myself dwelling on the Agony in the Garden.  I think it is at that point that i can most relate to the suffering of Jesus.  When I peer beyond that to all He underwent at the hands of His tormentors, for my sake, my understanding fails me.  The awful torments He chose out of love!  But mental distress, this I can guess at, at least dimly.

The most distressing thought of all is that it is my sins which caused this; and which daily still serve to distress Him.

King of Mercy, King of Love!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

Happy Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary!

I am spending a little extra time today in Rosary meditations, as best I can, as a poor little gift to Our Lady--my Mother who has me as the least of her daughters, and who loves me better than I can tell.

I use Yahoo Widgets for lots of little gadgety things, but one widget is much more than a gadget.  It is my Rosary widget, which has the mystery of the day (or you can selct one to pray over and over--as with the Sorrowful Mysteries during Lent, say), pictures and a selection of meditations.  There are links to two sets of online meditations, one from St. Josemaria Escriva and the other from Father Z.  Today I decided to spend a bit of extra meditation time on the First Luminous Mystery--here, and here.

There are so many wonderful links and tools relating to "The Weapon" of choice in Spiritual Battle.  We are so blessed today to access to all of this.  As time permits today, I will post up some more links and resources.


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Do you make an adequate thanksgiving after Mass?

After Mass--for most people at my parish, its who can get out the door fastest. It is the sweetest, best time possible to spend with the Lord. In a way that is beyond imagining, He is united with us, so close to us--closer than our own heartbeat! And we totally miss it. How this must wound Him.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Happy Birthday Papa!

Ad multos annos!

oremus pro pontifice.

I have to say it--on this day my heart is filled with gratitude and thanksgiving to God for giving us such a shepherd.
And as well my heart brims with love and gratitude for our Holy Father.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Examination of Facts in latest Slurs against the Holy Father has an excellent commentary on the lack of journalistic standards in the latest slur campaign against Pope Benedict.  The AP should blush to call such sloppy biased tale-spinning journalism.  This excellent article by Phil Lawler answers the key questions surrounding the Holy Father's involvement in the case factually and shows that, once again, the implications and charges are completely groundless.

Pray daily for our Shepherd, the Pope.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Sshhhh--Staying Hidden and Humble with Joseph

Today is a good day to reflect on the value of hidden virtue. To be of inestimable value to God, our deeds, restraints, thoughts and prayers do not have to be known to all and sundry--indeed they do not need to be known by anyone but God. I think that, except for God's own decision to have deeds and personages known by others for the sake of His Glory and the salvation of souls, that virtue is best brewed in secret.

We receive no word that Mary made known the merits of her case to Joseph; rather, God saw to it that an angel took care of that matter.

As for himself, in Sacred Scripture, St. Joseph remains mute. He speaks to us through the faithfulness of his actions. The just man lived a hidden and humble life, a life of poverty and labor.

In my pursuit of humility, I can think of no greater advocate before Jesus, Save Mary herself.

Our Holy Mother, St. Teresa said we should learn to be able to suffer a bit for the Lord without the whole world knowing about it. Another great Carmelite, Saint Teresa Margaret Redi, prayed faithfully for the grace to remain hidden in her whole life, so that none would remark on her. And of course, we have the example of St. Therese's "little way", in which remaining hidden can be so great a help.

Saint Joseph, help me to take profit from every opportunity to learn to enjoy being hidden and humble. Let me not squander any chance to profit from the Graces that your Divine Son grants me! O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, I beg you to make my heart like unto thine!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Anglican Ordinariate

Damian Thompson's column in the Telegraph  gives  us an excellent overview of this personal use Ordinariate, provided by Bishop Peter Elliott of Melbourne, the delegate of the Ausralian Catholic Bishop's Conference to the project of establishing the Personal Ordinariate in Australia.   The quoted text provides a concise explanation of the varieties of ordinariate, as well.